Thursday, July 24, 2014

SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops-Cola


Sometimes you just can’t help but crave that soda taste, but you want to avoid all that artificial sugar, so what do you do? Turn to SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia™ Sweet Drops™ Cola. It’s a liquid stevia that turns traditional sparkling water into a drink as crave-able as cola! For every ounce of sparkling water, add two drops of Cola Sweet Drops to create the taste you love – without any calories, carbohydrates or dangerous artificial sweeteners! What are you waiting for? Ditch your sugar-packed soda and instead opt for something smart that’s still sweet–Cola Sweet Drops! - See more here. 



My Review: I haven't had any kind of soda or carbonated drink in over two years. So I was very curious to see how these taste. Well, I won't be trying it again. Within thirty minutes of trying just a few sips, I was sick to my stomach. The kids tried it as well and they seemed to like it and had no bad effects. I'm thinking I was sick because I've been drinking nothing but water and kool-aid for so long that my stomach wasn't used to the cola taste anymore. From what I tasted, it does have a cola taste, but it's weak. I'll stick to my plain water.

Disclaimer: These items were sent to me via MomsMeet for free for sharing purposes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Super Stitches Sewing" {book review}

The Perfect Stitch for Every Project
Does your sewing machine come with lots of fancy stitches that you've never thought to try? Thisessential guide to machine and hand stitches will teach you how to use any and every stitch for professional-looking seams, hems, gathers, darts, and more. Unlock your full sewing potential with 57 machine stitches, 18 hand stitches, and tips to choose the correct needles, threads, and sewing machine accessories, complete with detailed step-by-step tutorials and illustrations.

This comprehensive stitch dictionary is a must-have companion for any sewer, whether you just bought your first sewing machine or you’re a seasoned expert looking to polish your skills. If your passion is dressmaking, tailoring, or simply mending your own clothes, Super Stitches Sewing gives you all of the information you need to make every project a success.

My Review: I'm new to sewing (very new). The only thing I had ever sewing before I bought my sewing machine back in March was buttons. I decided I wanted to teach myself how to sew. I had my husband show me how to load the bobbin and thread my machine. I've been messing around with the machine for a few months, but there is still a lot to learn. "Super Stitches Sewing" is going to be teaching me a lot. My machine has a lot of different stitches that it is able to do. The book talks about a lot of different machine stitches and how to do them. Each stitch also comes with an "expert tip". I love that the book includes how to install a zipper. There is also a section for "hand stitches" and "tools and equipment". My favorite part of the book is the glossary. There are so many sewing terms that I'm not familiar with and the glossary is going to come in handy. I really believe that the book is gonna help me out a lot and looks to be great for experienced sewing and newbies (like me).

Links To Remember: More Info | Author Bio

Disclaimer:  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Makeup by One Direction {giveaway}

Have you heard about the new collection from Makeup by One Direction? It's called "The Looks Collection". From what I can tell, each kit includes some awesome colors and each kit comes in a collectable tin.  #makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins

 
Midnight Memories | Take Me Home | Up All Night

“The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

DISTRIBUTION:
The line will be available worldwide starting in the U.S.

US RELEASE DATES:
Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th

Be sure to check them out on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

Wouldn't you love to own one of these new collections before it is released to the public? Well, now is the time. You can enter by clicking here or using the widget below. Contest is for U.S and Canada residnets only. Good Luck!
 
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Markwins and BrandBacker. All opinions here are 100% my own.

"Jonah and the Great Big Fish" {book review}

"God told Jonah to obey, said, 'Go to Nineveh this day.' But, stubborn Jonah fled instead. Didn’t do just what God said." Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray. Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.

My Review:   "Jonah and the Great Big Fish" by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a story of how Jonah disobeyed God. Our son is seven (he'll be eight in a couple weeks) going into the third grade and he loves this book. He remembers the story from his Sunday School class. My bonus daughter, age ten, also enjoyed the book. It's great for all ages. Before we began reading the book together, my son just had to tell me the story that they learned in Sunday School. It was well written, easy for kids understand. We all really enjoyed the beautiful artwork throughout the book. I love when an author writes a really great children's book and uses words that kids understand. Rhonda Gowler Greene had the kids in mind when she wrote the book. While my son is reading by himself, he's not constantly asking what a certain word means. I don’t mind helping him, but it makes the child more confident in their reading when they know the words.

The story is true to the biblical story of Jonah. It has a great message and is written in a way that young children can understand. I would recommend this book to everyone with young children and also those young at heart (I really enjoyed the story myself).

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Skinnygirl & Sinful Colors

This is my 17th box from PinchMe. The site itself has its glitches on sample days, but I still love it. The samples take about 3-4 weeks to arrive, but I'm okay with it. I love getting goodies in the mail.


Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars

You deserve it all - health, happiness, and daily indulgences - and we're passionate about helping you get it.

Our tasty bar offers all the benefits you want without compromising the decadent flavors that you love. 


The Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt contains: 
- 170 Calories 
- Excellent Source of Protein (6g) 
- Great Source of Fiber (5g) 

The Chocolate Pretzel contains: 
- 160 Calories - Excellent Source of Protein (6g) 
- Great Source of Fiber (5g) 
This product is available nationwide at Targets and on www.skinnygirldaily.com

My Review: I'm not a fan of dark chocolate, but I'll eat it. I have a huge sweet tooth, and this bars does the trick for me. The dark chocolate in this bar wasn't "too much" for me. It was yummy and I love the pretzel taste. I would purchase more of these.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish

Sinful Colors - hundreds of sinfully irresistible shades, all developed by a team of retail beauty experts, and a network of industry color advisors.

Shades that WOW, FLATTER and INSPIRE. In creams, glitters, shimmers, mattes, specialty textures and eye-popping brights! The color that will leave you wanting them all. Formula is formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP free and is never animal tested.

My Review: I love nail polish. I love getting new, fun colors to try. This isn't my first bottle of Sinful nail polish, it's actually my second (and another on the way). I received a different color in a previous box from PinchMe. I love the consistency of the polish, not too thick and not too thin. It dries within minutes and doesn't chip easily. I've seen then in store and the price is right.

I love having new polishes to add to my collection:


Disclaimer: These two items are free samples that I received from PinchMe. I am not compensated for this post. All opinions here are my own.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Petit Collage" {book review}

From the beloved design brand for nurseries, playrooms, and every space in between, Petit Collageshows you how to make 25 of their bestselling paper and wooden accessories for your home. Customize toy chests, create cheerful name plaques, build bunny clocks, and more, with artist and owner Lorena Siminovich. Breaking down each project with simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions, Siminovich presents easy tips on how to personalize the Petit Collage signature style with your child’s favorite colors and patterns. All you need are rubber stamps, paper, scissors, and the provided project templates to create a contemporary space filled with bright and distinctive décor.

Whether you’re looking for unique paper toys or vibrant namesake prints, Petit Collage’s whimsical craft projects will inspire your children to put their little touch and big imagination into your family home.


My Review: There are so many crafts in this book that I wanna make. I'm not sure where to start. I love that the book includes templates in the back of the book (just copy them and enlarge). If you need to get your creative juices flowing, just take a peek inside "Petit Collage". While browsing through the book, I noticed that all of the materials listed are things you'll have in your home or can be easily purchases at your local craft store. The book provides difficulty levels, which is a plus. Another plus....about the book is that while you are working on a particular project....it gives you an idea of what you can have the child do. It would be a simpler version of what you are doing.

Links To Remember: More Info | Author Bio

Disclaimer:  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kids Academy Company

I am loving the Kids Academy Company apps. They are great for kids. I had never heard of this company before, but now I'm so glad that I've found it. We love the following three apps from the Kids Academy Company.

One of my favorite things about this app is that it has a right hand and left hand mode. This comes in very handy because my son is a lefty. It's so hard for me to teach me how to correctly write his letters, because I'm right handed. He will spend hours using this app if I let him. He thinks of it more as a game than learning, which is a plus. It is something that he wants to do. The graphics are very clear and so is the voice. This app is very easy for my son to understand.


This is another great app for learning from the Kids Academy Company. It is very educational and is perfect for young kids to keep on learning.  I always worry when I download apps that they would benefit my child, but I don’t have that problem with the apps from Kids Academy Company. The colors are so bright and fun for the kids.  My child can work on his own pace and have fun while learning.



Is it possible to love an app even more than the child does? I find myself using the app just for fun when he’s not around. My child has never really been into singing songs, but I find him singing. I love how much he is enjoying it. The song BINGO is now stuck in my head, but I don’t mind. This app is great for all ages. 
I would recommend all of these apps to everyone I know with little ones. They are very educational and fun. The bright colors and great graphics will keep your children entertained.

Disclaimer: This is a paid post from Sverve, but the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Give your baby a fresh start with Purex & One Step Ahead!


One grand prize winner will receive a gift certificate valued at $1,000 from One Step Ahead®, a year’s supply of Purex® Baby Detergent, and a year’s supply of Purex® Crystals™ for Baby.


The sweepstakes starts on or about 12:00 PM PST on July 7, 2014 and ends at 3:00 PM PST on July 31, 2014.  You can enter by clicking here.


Disclosure: I am a member of Purex Insiders and by posting about this sweepstake I am eligible to win prizes.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Removing America’s stains for over 100 years!


Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. To celebrate we’ll be giving away a year’s supply each day from July 14 – 23.


I LOVE using the Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar. I was first introduced to it about a year ago. I was doing laundry and my mother-in-law was telling me how good it worked. I was skeptical, since it is such a cheap product. I tired it that day and it has been my go-to stain remover ever since.

The sweepstakes starts on or about 12:00 PM PST on July 14, 2014 and ends at 3:00 PM PST on July 23, 2014.  You can enter by clicking here.


Disclosure: I am a member of Purex Insiders and by posting about this sweepstake I am eligible to win prizes.

NEW Spellbinders® Celebra'tions Collection


Introducing Spellbinders Celebra'tions by Richard Garay, a complete collection of dies, stamps, paper, inks & accessories all coordinated to work perfectly together. Create one-of-a-kind cards, gifts, scrapbook layouts & more.

When I heard about this promotion, I new I just have to give it a try. I love digital scrapbooking (as most of you probably already know) and I also love card making. I am also new to the world of stamping. So I thought this would be perfect.


I was sent everything I needed to complete two projects, well except for scissors and adhesive (not a problem, because I always keep both in my craft box). I love using the red double sided tape for my card making and other craft projects.

Birthday Card
Treat Bag......I filled it with gummy snacks.
The perfect addition to any birthday gift....and we just so happen to have two birthdays coming up.
I hadn't created a card in so long, I almost forgot how fun it was. These projects made me want to pull out my cameo and create more (that will have to wait a few days when my replacement mat arrives). I love the texture of the paper and I am really considering ordering myself some of the paper packs.

Now, on to stamping. I always thought that stamping was just buying those wooden block stamps ( I have several of them). But, when I received my package in the mail, I was surprised to see these stamps.


My first thought was "how do I use these".....so off I went to search the web. That is when I found that I needed some acrylic blocks. So, I hurried and ordered (the acrylic blocks did not come from Spellbinders) myself a set of acrylic blocks, so I try out these stamps. My set of blocks arrived today and I couldn't wait to give these stamps a try.

I created these cards using things I had around the house and the clear polymer stamps (the ones I received from Spellbinders).
The clear polymer stamps were so easy to use once I attached them to my acrylic block. Then after I was done with stamping the clear polymer stamps were easy to remove from the block, ready to be used another time.

Overall, this line of products are great. The paper is of good quality and the stamps are great. I just wish I had some of the ink from the Spellbinders Celebra'tion Collection to try. I'll add it to my wishlist of craft supplies I "need".

Here's some information about the Spellbinders Celebra'tion Collection:

Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the line to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a Celebration not only easy but also fun.

This fun collection of stamps and dies include a range of designs from the whimsical to the fresh and modern. All stamps are made of photopolymer and feature cling technology so they can effortlessly adhere to clear blocks.

The Celebra'tions Cardstock and Pattern Paper come in captivating colors that are sure to brighten your day. Available in both solid color cardstock and perfectly coordinated printed paper.

True Color Fusion Stamp Pads are like no other stamp pads you have ever created with. These unique hybrid inks provide the best of both worlds, blending the benefits of dye and pigment ink all in one. The inks dry quickly, have no chalky residue, and do not fade. They can be used on all types of materials, including paper, fabric, wood, and acrylic, and become permanent when heat set on non-paper materials. The pads come in each of the 12 colors within the palette, plus black, coordinating beautifully with the solid and printed papers.

Disclaimer: The Spellbinders brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Crest Pro-Health


The Crest Pro-Health collection of dental hygiene products is inspired by dentists, and formulated to give you a healthier, more beautiful smile for life.

The invigorating sensation will leave your mouth fresh while you transform your oral health into Pro-Health.


Toothpaste is one of the products that we don't switch very often. When we find one we like we stick to it. We just recently found something that we all like and we can feel it cleaning. But, we decided to go ahead and try this one anyways....and, well it was okay. I probably won't be buying more of it. I'll use it because we have it, but that is about it. I'm not a fan of "paste", so that is my biggest problem (even though our current brand is "paste"). After using this toothpaste, I didn't have that "clean" feeling, I'm getting with our current brand.

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Disclaimer: I'm a member of Smiley360, where I qualify to try brands for free in exchange for my authentic feedback.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner #shopletreviews


Mastervision and Shoplet have given me the opportunity to try and review the Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner. I love using and collection office supplies. I already have a magnetic/cork/dry erase calendar that we use at home, so we decided to use the Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner in the youth room at at Church. It's the perfect way for us to keep the teens informed of what will be going on throughout the month.

          

Above are the photos of Bi-silque MasterVison 3-in-1 Planner before taking the plastic off of it. The board measures 24" by 18". In the second photo, you can see the hardware and other stuff that was packaged with the board. Below, is a photo that shows what was included. Also, included were some round magnets.


I love that it included some push pins. It came with hardware to screw the board into the wall, but nothing for attaching it any other way. It was super easy to attach to the wall with the screws and a drill. The one thing I wasn't too happy with was that the week started with Monday and I'm used to them starting with Sunday (not a big deal though). 


This calendar is the perfect size. The squares for each day have enough room to show what is going on that particular day. We have plenty of room to write some notes off to the side. Oh...and the cork board is gonna be a good place to keep some prayer requests.


Have you checked out all of the supplies that Shoplet has to offer? If not, you should. They carry all kinds of office stationary and even medical supplies. Yes, you read that right. They carry medical supplies.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free to try and review. All opinions here are my own.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Entertaining with Blue Diamond


Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds are the best way to appreciate the natural flavor of the almond. It's also a good way to get a handful of almonds' healthful benefits every day.
I am loving the Whole Natural almonds.....I chopped some up and added to my brownie mix. They came out awesome. Everyone seemed to love them. I had never used almonds in my brownies before, it was always pecans or walnuts.


The Rosemary & Black Pepper almonds were not a hit. I just could get eat them.  I did share them with my mother-in-law and she loved them. I couldn't get the kids to eat these either. I think there is too much black pepper added to them.

Disclaimer: I was sent products for FREE from Blue Diamond Tastemakers, in return I post on my blog and social media channels. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Let's Sew Together" {book review}

Simple sewing techniques make craft time fun for kids and grown-ups alike, with ideas for vintage-inspired clothes, accessories, quirky home décor, cute toys, and sweet gifts designed by the mom behind the popular parenting and craft blog Cakies.

Don't just sew for your kids. Sew with them! Rubyellen Bratcher has invented 30 simple projects that encourage families to spend more time together through DIY activities. This mom of four learned how to sew at her local fabric shop, but soon found that her daughters were her greatest source of inspiration. Documenting her family's daily life and DIY adventures online, Rubyellen's blog, Cakies, has steadily grown into a destination for parents and crafters of all ages. In her first book, she offers 30 projects for kids and grown-ups to make together, including a handpainted skirt, scribbled placemats, a robot friend, easy felt party garlands, overstuffed dollhouse pillows, a gorgeous world-map quilt, and much more. Each chapter also includes no-sew projects, educational activities, play ideas, and reading suggestions to encourage imagination and learning.


My Review: I absolutely love this book. I am new to sewing, and just bought myself a sewing machine a few months ago to teach myself. "Let's Sew Together" is perfect for me and the kids. It shows you everything that you need to sew (scissors, thread, etc). It has projects for different skill levels. It even gives me age-appropriate sewing tasks for the kids. Each project in the book has a skill level. I even found a no-sew project....that will be perfect for the kids and I on a rainy afternoon. In the back of the book there are some templates. I can't wait to start making some fun stuff.

Links To Remember: More Info | Author Bio

Disclaimer:  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Seeds of Change®

Discover the goodness of Seeds of Change® organic food from seed-to-plate. Enjoy flavorful and authentic recipes from around the world using naturally delicious simmer sauces and rice and grains.

Seeds of Change® believes that being part of cultivating change feels good. That's why everything they do and make has the future of our world in mind.

For over 20 years, Seeds of Change® has been committed to preserving biodiversity and promoting the use of sustainable organic agricultural practices, as well as offering an abundance of intriguing choices to surprise your palate!

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  • "Like" the Seeds of Change® Facebook page to receive a $1.50 off coupon!
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I received my package and it contained a reusable tote bag, 2 FREE coupons, magnet and recipe book.


I couldn't wait to go to Publix to use my FREE product coupons. I was only able to get the rice product, but the store is going to request some of the simmering sauces for me. They will call me once it's in. But, in the meantime, this is what I got.


I have decided not to try the rice product until I also have the simmering sauce. I want to try both of the products at the same time. Check back here in the next few weeks for an update.

Disclaimer: I'm a member of Smiley360, where I qualify to try brands for free in exchange for my authentic feedback.